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It's the Cat's whiskers as Kingston professor's comic superheroine makes jump from screen to magazine
Posted Friday 22 August 2014
A comic book-writing professor from Kingston University says he takes it as a sign of success that his original collaborators are too busy to work with him as their online feminist superhero prepares to make her print debut.
Professor Will Brooker is one of the creators of acclaimed strip My So Called Secret Identity, along with former Kingston student Sarah Zaidan and graphic artist Susan Shore. After publishing four editions online, the fifth instalment will form part of a hard copy volume after the team raised £8,500 in pledges through a Kickstarter public fundraising campaign. "I've never made a penny out of the comic because that's not what it's about - I want it to be a platform allowing artists to showcase their ability," cultural historian Professor Brooker said. "Ironically, that's now happened to such an extent that the original artists are too busy to do the next episode."...
Posted Thursday 14 August 2014
Calls have been pouring in to Kingston University's confirmation, Clearing and adjustment hotline since it sprang into action. More than 120 specially-trained hotline operators, along with a similar sized team of academic staff, have been hard at work talking to students either eagerly confirming their offers of a place at the university in south west London or keen to clinch one of the few remaining spots on its degree courses.
By the end of A-level results day on 14 August, more than 11,000 attempts had been made to call the hotline, with admissions tutors reporting that this year's hopeful applicants were generally of a very high calibre. Many Clearing callers had only narrowly missed out on their predicted A-level grades, meaning that they were unable to secure a place at their first choice university. Others had done better than expected or were seeking a last-minute change of subject before enrolling for university next month....
Think carefully about degree options on A-level results day, Kingston University admissions staff advise
Posted Tuesday 12 August 2014
Admissions tutors at London's Kingston University are encouraging prospective undergraduates to ensure they are well prepared in case their A-level results bring unexpected news.
Dr Andy Homer, who oversees Kingston University's confirmation and Clearing operation, is urging students to research their degree options carefully. "Being well organised will be crucial to make sure you get the most out of your call to the Clearing hotline if you need to get in touch", Dr Homer said. "Having the right details, such as your Clearing number, UCAS ID and full details of qualifications to hand, including subjects, grades, dates obtained and exam boards, will be particularly vital."
Prospective students should not panic if they needed to enter the Clearing process, Dr Homer added. "Our operators are all handpicked and committed to ensuring that everyone who contacts the hotline has the opportunity to really explore the choices available to them," he said. "Many of them are even students themselves, so they understand just how nerve-racking A-level results day can be."
As they prepare to collect their A-level results, students should note down some universities and courses that interest them in case they miss out on the grades needed for their initial choices, Kingston's admissions staff advise. They should also check they meet the requirements of those courses and programme the Clearing hotline numbers of their chosen universities in to their phones so they have them at their fingertips if necessary.
- Read more top tips for Clearing and find out about Kingston University's Clearing course vacancies.
- Kingston University's hotline number for Clearing, confirmation and adjustment is 0844 842 9599 for callers in the United Kingdom. Students calling from overseas should dial +44 20 8328 1149.
- Calls cost 5 pence a minute from a BT landline but may be more with other providers.
- The lines will be open between 9.00am and 5.30pm from Monday to Thursday and between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Fridays until 22 September.
Clearing helps former musical theatre star move from centre stage to Kingston University business management degree
Posted Tuesday 12 August 2014
The smell of grease paint and roar of the crowd first attracted former singer and actress Talitha Booth to the world of work. Having trained in musical theatre in London, Talitha spent her late teens and early twenties appearing in productions of such popular shows as Chess and Jesus Christ Superstar in New Zealand. With the stage jobs drying up though and a strong set of A-level results in hand, Talitha decided the time had come for a change and set her sights on a career in human resources. "The theatre life can be a challenging one and, when work became thin on the ground, I knew I needed to find a new direction," 24-year-old Talitha recalled.
Through Clearing, Talitha was able to find a more flexible route into further study and take the opportunity to re-evaluate her academic and professional interests. "It was a bit of a last-minute decision to apply for a business management degree," she admitted. "But I liked Kingston University because of its positive reputation and its location, which I knew well having grown up in nearby Guildford."...
Kingston University civil engineering student becomes family trailblazer for higher education through Clearing
Posted Monday 11 August 2014
Like many A-level students, Renisha Robin discovered her academic calling several months after the UCAS deadline had passed. That meant the 19 year old, now completing a BSc in Civil Engineering at Kingston University, was grateful for the opportunity Clearing provided to reconsider her academic interests.
"I didn't perform quite as well as I'd expected in my A-levels and wasn't able to get into my first choice university," Renisha, originally from Chatham in Kent, explained. "Although I was accepted into my second choice institution, I made the decision to decline that offer to pursue a degree I was genuinely interested in. Maths had been my favourite subject at A-level and I've always had a fascination with building things, so I felt civil engineering would be the ideal course for me."...
Posted Thursday 7 August 2014
When Carly Strange faced an uncertain future after receiving her A-level results last year, she remained adamant nothing was going to get in the way of her dreams of attending university. "I wanted a goal to strive towards and to study for a degree that would help shape my future career," Carly explained. "Although it turned out I hadn't done quite as well in my exams as I'd hoped, I wasn't going to let that get me down for long. That's when I decided to turn to Clearing."
A budding news reporter, the 19 year old, who originally comes from Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire, focused her Clearing quest on finding a place on a media and cultural studies degree. "My favourite A-level subject was media studies, so it made sense to me to specialise in that area," Carly said. "When I discovered that Kingston University offered a BA(Hons) in Media and Cultural Studies, I saw an opportunity to follow and broaden my interests without moving too far away from home. It seemed to be the obvious choice."...
Posted Wednesday 6 August 2014
A mother of four who juggles a demanding degree with caring for her family has credited her international law LLB with setting her on the path to what she hopes will be an exciting new career - and has made a winning case for coming to Kingston University through Clearing in the process.
Malgorzata Hussain, 39, who is originally from Poland but has lived in the United Kingdom for 10 years, had initially signed up to study law with the Open University. However, shortly after beginning her course, her tutors singled her work out for particular praise and advised her to take up a traditional university-based degree course as soon as possible. Not wanting to waste any time, she got straight on the phone to Kingston University's Clearing hotline. "It was an easy, quick and hassle-free process and I only had to make two phone calls to secure my place at Kingston," she explained. "Now I just love my course, and I'm especially happy to be based at the beautiful, leafy Kingston Hill campus."...
Posted Tuesday 5 August 2014
Narrowly missing out on the A-level results she needed to take up her first choice university place didn't put nursing student Ella Nicklin off course for long. The 19-year-old first year adult nursing student was determined she wasn't going to lose sight of her goal of pursuing a career in healthcare and promptly decided to make the most of alternative remedies offered through Clearing. "I'd already decided that nursing was the career for me during the first year of my A-levels as I felt it would really suit my communication skills and natural empathy, plus I'm not the kind of person who just wanted to sit constantly in a lecture theatre for an entire three years," she explained.
Ella admits she knew very little about the Clearing process itself when she started exploring other university options. "I realised I needed to set to work searching the internet for those universities with a few remaining spaces before browsing their websites to find out more about them," she said. Ella's research led her to the Kingston University website and, armed with some more background about the University and its location, she soon overcame her nerves to make a call to its Clearing hotline. "I'm originally from the countryside on the outskirts of Winchester, so moving to London wasn't an immediately obvious choice," she said. "When I had a more detailed look at the area around Kingston though, I realised that there were beautiful open spaces like Richmond Park nearby which really appealed to the country girl in me."...